The Ups & Downs of Progress

While I could continue in the negative direction of my last post and go ballistic over news that a Washington State Senator — a Democrat no less! — is the lead sponsor of legislation that would charge Washington EV (electric vehicle) owners $100 per year to compensate for the fact that they won’t be paying tax on gas purchases, taxes that go toward the maintenance of roads that they will continue to use, albeit while not contributing to global climate change, I’d rather make peace with the fact that the road to progress is not a steady march forward.

Progress, instead, is susceptible to the same ups and downs that all life experiences tend to face. There will be setbacks, gross errors, maddening defeats of all shapes and sizes, and periodic one-step-up-two-steps-back dance sessions.

They key is to remember that for every down there can be an up, if we give up the downs will most certainly win, and so it’s up to us all to produce and celebrate more ups!

Therefore, while I could have written a rant on the first thing I came across at Inhabitat today, the Washington State EV fee, I’d rather celebrate the other EV news I found there a few hours later:

Proposed Bill To Give Electric Vehicle Buyers $7,500 Credit Right When They Buy

As a way to help advance President Barack Obama’s goal to get 1 million new EVs on the road by 2015, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow unveiled a legislative proposal on Monday that would give buyers of plug-in electric vehicles up to a $7,500 rebate at the point of purchase. Currently, buyers have to file their taxes to get the $7,500 federal rebate on electric cars, so receiving the credit right when they buy could really spur on EV sales.

The Charging America Forward Act would also award another $2 billion in grants to extend an existing public-private partnership to boost US production of advanced battery technologies. Additionally, businesses will get a tax credit for buying medium or heavy duty plug-in hybrid trucks until 2014. The credit would be worth between $15,000 and $100,000, depending on the size of the truck.

That’s awesome news and a great bill. Let’s all send Senator Debbie Stabenow an email thanking her, and let’s send emails to our own representatives in Congress urging them to support this bill.

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